Detroit ACE partners with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra to offer special, musical experience for families

Detroit ACE partners with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra to offer special musical experience for families

  • The free event is part of the DSO’s efforts to strengthen its commitment to Detroit residents

Detroit, (May 31, 2022) – The City Office of Arts, Culture and Entrepreneurship (Detroit ACE) is proud to partner with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) kick off the summer season with a free Detroit Neighborhood Initiative Event Saturday, June 4, 1PM-5PM  at Durfee Innovation Center, 2470 Collingwood St, Detroit, 48206.  

  • 1PM - The DSO will offer workshops, swag & resources from local partners, including Songwriting, Instrument Zoo, Early Childhood Music, Instrument making, and more! 
  • 3PM - Audiences can enjoy performances by a string quartet from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, DSO Senza students, and local talent. 

Free food and drinks while supplies last. Masks required. Sponsored by the WK Kellogg Foundation with additional support from Blue Cross Complete


Then, the DSO and Chandler Park Conservancy will host the second annual “Sounds of Summer” concert at 3PM Saturday, June 11 at Chandler Park featuring jazz, Motown, and gospel! The event features free, family-friendly performances and free food and drinks while supplies last. Located at the old tennis courts near the NW Corner of Frankfort St. and Gray St.  The concert features the Gregory Walker Jazz Quartet, Musicians from the DSO, and Testimony Sings. Sponsored by the General Motors Corporation.  


Gregory Walker is a metro-Detroit-based saxophonist, composer, and educator who blends styles based on African American music. Walker has performed with world-renowned artists such as Steve Wilson, Alan Ferber, Don Aliquo, and Vinnie Ciesielski. He also is the Director of Bands at Harper Woods High School.

Musicians from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra play DSO cellist Jeremy Crosmer’s Motown Reimagined 

DSO cellist Jeremy Crosmer has committed to bringing Motown back to the DSO through the arrangement of 15 virtuosic arrangements of Motown hits for string quartet, a soundtrack for life in this city.  

Testimony Sings is a spirit-filled, all-female quintet who began their ministry through song in 2005.

Angela Bostic, Keisha Lanae’, Chandra Lewis, Lori Waddles, and Lori Wesby comprise the group, which has ministered in song at various congregations and music festivals, including the International Jazz Festival and community events across the state. They sing all genres including classical, chamber, jazz, R&B, and soul, but their first true love remains traditional and contemporary gospel.